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4 Things Everyone Must Do When They Visit Portland

By Bus Travel, Oregon, Portland

Hardcore travelers are always looking to go beyond the traditional, novel tourist experiences in any new city they visit and discover the weirder, less mainstream attractions. If you consider yourself one such hardcore traveler, you understand the quest for finding the hidden gems wherever you go. In Portland, Oregon, there is no lack of delightfully strange experiences, especially if you’re willing to traverse off the beaten path. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few things you definitely have to try when you visit Portland.

1. Sample Unconventional Twists on Classic American Treats

In Portland, you’ll be able to find plenty of doughnut shops and ice cream parlors designed with adventurous foodies in mind. Voodoo Doughnuts seems to be the doughnut shop favorite of many tourists looking for whacky flavors to try. However, if you want a true Portland experience, the locals say to skip Voodoo and go straight to Blue Star Donuts where you can find incredible, inventive flavors like Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Almond Ganache, and Cointreau Crème Brûlée. If you still have room, visit the locals’ latest ice cream obsession: Salt & Straw. Give your taste buds a wild ride with creative flavors like Pear and Blue Cheese, Buttermilk Pancakes, Bacon and Eggs, and Wild Fennel Amaro Milk Sorbet.

2. Sip Beer and Play Board Games All Night at Game Knight

If you’re a fan of board games and craft brews, you’ll geek out over Game Knight in the heart of Portland. The cafe and bar boast an extensive supply of board games, and by extensive, we mean literally hundreds of different games to choose from! There are classics like Othello and Monopoly as well as niche games like Lord of the Rings-themed board games and card games and lesser-known games like Wuzzles and Frag Deadlands. You and your travel companions could easily spend an entire evening playing board games and sipping affordable craft beers and ciders (most of them only cost $5). If you’re hungry, Game Knight has a menu of very reasonably priced sandwiches, salads, and share plates like the King Mi made with pulled pork, Asian slaw, and sambal sauce and Hungry Hungry Chippos loaded with housemade nacho cheese sauce, corn, beans, and pineapple salsa.

3. Stand in Awe of the Towering Waterfalls in the Columbia River Valley

Portland is not known solely as a hipster eutopia; it’s also recognized as one of the most stunning hiking destinations in North America. If you need an escape to a wooded paradise, spend an afternoon in Columbia River Valley. About 25 miles outside of downtown Portland is this magnificent gorge, home to awe-inspiring waterfalls, hiking trails, rivers, and forestry. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera on this adventure and be mindful of the crowds. It’s a very popular attraction, so you may want to consider visiting the park in the off-season. A handful of waterfalls worth checking out in the gorge include Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls (with a natural pool beneath it that’s often enjoyed by hikers in need of a refreshing swim), and the Oneonta Gorge, which requires a one-mile “hike” through a water bed (prepare for waist-deep waters!).

4. Satisfy Your Cravings at the Holy Grail of Food Trucks

Move over, New York. Portland is fast becoming king of the food truck scene. Sure, New York might be known for a food truck on every corner, but Portland is known for 600 food trucks all in one place. If you’re ready to feast on a smorgasbord of international cuisine, dedicate an evening (or several) to dining out at the food truck pods in Portland. Start off in Cartlandia, which is considered the “super pod” of Portland. It’s here that you’ll find lobster carts, international cuisine from over 15 countries, and The Blue Room, a beer garden with 18 beers and ciders on tap. For Southern comfort food and vegan twists on classic dishes, head to the Mississippi Marketplace on North Mississippi Avenue. If you’re in the neighborhood for breakfast, visit Hash It Out for some savory sausage and egg entrees, all made with locally-sourced ingredients. For BBQ, check out Homegrown Smoker, which has a variety of delectable meats as well as vegan BBQ options. For late night munchies after a few drinks at the pub, spend the final hours of the evening at Cartopia where you’ll find everything from sweet and savory crepes to wood-fired pizza and poutine.

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This steakhouse is just one of many iconic American restaurants.

The 4 Most Iconic Restaurants in America

By Bus Travel, Chicago, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Indianapolis, Miami, New York, New York City

A tour of the United States invites the opportunity for visits to some of the most famous historical sites, landmarks, buildings, and natural wonders in the world—but we’re here to talk food. The US is home to some incredibly iconic restaurants, a handful of which have been around for well over 100 years. If you are a die-hard foodie who wants to go beyond amazing eats and experience the atmosphere of an iconic location, these are four restaurants you will definitely want to visit.

1. Katz Delicatessen in New York

Remember that scene in When Harry Met Sally? Yep, that was filmed in Katz Delicatessen, easily the most famous and iconic diner in Manhattan—and not just because of the classic Nora Ephron film. If you’ve ever found yourself watching the cinematic staple of the ’90s and thinking you just have to try whatever sandwich Meg Ryan was eating, you can make that dream a reality. It’s not a bad idea to try to visit Katz during a weekday afternoon or evening since this popular New York eatery is typically loaded with patrons on the weekend. So iconic is this restaurant that some of those patrons have included a few of the biggest names in pop culture, ranging from legendary comedians to A-list actors to pro NBA players. And why does everyone love it so much? You only have to have one bite of the Rueben on rye or matzo ball soup to understand. Stand in the queue, grab your meal ticket, get your grub in the cafeteria-style diner, and prepare to feast yourself on the biggest sandwich of your life.

2. St. Elmo’s Steakhouse in Indianapolis

Can you justify traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles to this Indianapolis steakhouse? The answer is “yes and always yes.” Why? Because not only is it arguably the most iconic steakhouse in the country, but it’s seriously not an overstatement to say you’ll find some of the juiciest steak in the world at this place. Any kind of steak you’re craving can be found at St. Elmo’s Steakhouse. Their dinner menu features filet mignon, ribeye, the porterhouse steak, the USA Prime New York Strip, and other meats including rack of lamb, pork chops, and roasted chicken breast. If you really want to go all out, order some seafood with your steak. You can choose among South African lobster tails, crab-stuffed shrimp, and sashimi yellowfin tuna. Finish your night off with a cappuccino and a decadent dessert like the St. Elmo crème brûlée, a New York-style cheesecake, lemon butter cake, or vanilla bean ice cream.

3. The Berghoff in Chicago

For over 120 years, The Berghoff has been serving Chicago locals and visitors with world-class German eats and drinks and has cemented itself as a fixture in Chicago culture. At the bar, you can happy hour your way into the evening with a hefeweizen before ordering the spinatknoedel, rahm schnitzel, or wiener schnitzel for dinner. Top off your night with a moist German chocolate cake, berghoff root beer float, or an apple strudel!

4. Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami

Key lime pie. Architectural elegance. Summer dining. And fresh crab cuisine. What do you get when you combine all of these things? Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami. All you need to do is bring your appetite and they’ll provide the rest. Bibs, instructions, mustard, and all. For over 100 years, this Miami Beach eatery has taken a holistic approach to the dining experience. After all, when Joe Weiss first opened the restaurant, it began as a lunch shop where he cooked, cleaned, and served patrons on top of operating the business. Today, it is one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Miami and a recognizable name all across the country.

Although it had modest beginnings, Joe’s Stone Crab now boasts an extensive menu, featuring items such as jumbo lump crab cakes, Maine lobster, ginger salmon, and king crab legs in addition to many non-seafood options for people who would prefer to stick to land animals or a vegetarian diet. For dessert, try Joe’s Famous Key Lime Pie, the blueberry crème brûlée, or the warm chocolate lava cake. And the best part about Joe’s Stone Crab? You don’t even have to be in Miami to enjoy the fresh stone crab claws that the restaurant is so famous for. They’ll actually ship them to your home address provided you live in any one of the 50 US states or Puerto Rico.

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Looking for some good snacks or food? Check out these American classics.

3 Uniquely American Foods and the Cities to Find Them

By Bus Travel, Georgia, Ohio

Maybe the United States didn’t invent Neapolitan pizza or paella or sushi, but that doesn’t mean this country doesn’t have its own signature food and culinary inventions. It goes without saying that one of the greatest things about America is that it’s a melting pot and, yes, that includes the food. Just about every kind of cuisine ever created from around the world has been introduced to the United States. Whether you’re visiting the West Coast, East Coast, or someplace in the middle, you’ll have no trouble finding everything from Lebanese to Chinese to Mediterranean—or anything else you might be craving. In addition to incredible foods from around the world, the United States has some of its own unique dishes and foods. And in this post, we’ll talk about three of the uniquely American foods and where you can find them.

1. Jerky

Who knew there could be so much joy found in one shriveled up piece of meat? If you were to describe jerky to someone who had no idea what it was, it may, at first, sound a little off-putting. But all you need is a little taste of the savory, tough, chewy, dehydrated meat to be convinced. Although beef is arguably the most common form of jerky, chicken and turkey are great alternatives for anyone seeking a lower sodium lean protein alternative. And if you are feeling adventurous, crank up your jerky enthusiasm a notch by venturing into less conventional jerky meats including venison, elk, ostrich, emu, buffalo, yak, and even alligator. Although people usually think of jerky as that delicious portable food that’s often found at gas stations and truck stops, there are more places to find it than you may have realized. If you are in Atlanta, you can stop by the South African restaurant 10 Degrees South to try the Biltong Beef Jerky, which can be enjoyed on its own or in your Caesar salad. Anyone visiting Las Vegas will want to dedicate an evening to chomping on mouth-watering jerky entrees at Strip House. They marinate their jerky for 24 hours before topping it off with fried onions and grilled tomatoes. Finally, for the truly adventurous foodie, try the Baked Nebraska at Root 246 in Solvang, California. It’s a sponge cake topped off with Italian meringue, sweet corn ice cream, and savory beef jerky.

2. Banana Split

If there is ever a time you should justify spending $18.99 on ice cream, it’s when you eat the Nine-Pound Humongous Banana Split at The Poky Dot in Fairmont, West Virginia. You get nine, 1-pound ice cream balls in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry topped off with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, cherries, nuts, and bananas. Although the banana split is now something you can find all over the world, this American staple was first invented in 1907 by Ernest Hazard, a restaurant owner in a small town in Ohio. By the 1920s, the banana split was a classic American dessert, thanks to a Walgreens in Chicago.

If you are really serious about your banana splits, you won’t want to miss the Banana Split Festival that takes places every June in Wilmington, Ohio. The three-day festival features an assortment of banana split variations to sample, a banana split eating contest, traditional fair food, craft vendors, and a car show. Nothing says “American” quite like an entire weekend dedicated to eating ice cream.

3. S’mores

Sound insignificant? This campfire classic has had more of a cultural impact than one might realize at first glance. The sinfully delicious and straightforward combination of graham cracker, toasted marshmallow, and Hershey chocolate is so much more than a special treat for the kids on a camping trip. And while you should definitely break out the s’mores anytime you are camping in the great outdoors, there and hundreds of other ways to enjoy this American snack food.

If you are in Portland, Oregon, locate the Nineteen27 S’mores Food Truck where you can get unique s’mores at just $4 a pop. This Portland food truck puts a unique spin on the classic snack and spices things up with chai-spiced graham crackers, gooey chocolate fudge, and other inventive flavors. If you have a craving for something sweet in the morning, indulge yourself with a s’mores donut at Beaver’s Coffee and Donuts in Chicago. You’ll find mini donuts dipped in marshmallow and chocolate sauce and topped off with graham cracker crumbs.

Are you ready to eat your way from coast to coast and sample all the classic American foods across the country? Plan your foodie trip by buying your bus ticket from BusTickets.com today.